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Mr Tony Smith

Fine Art, Design and Film and Visual Culture
0151 291 3222
Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences

I studied Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University and gained a Masters Degree in Fine Art from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2002. My work mainly comprises of painting and curating and I am currently the Programme Leader in Fine Art at Liverpool Hope University. I curated many exhibitions in Liverpool, Manchester, Germany and one in New York. I am the curator of The Cornerstone Gallery at Liverpool Hope with recent exhibitions featuring world-renowned artists represented by the likes of White Cube and Fold Gallery. All exhibitions are accompanied by textual analysis and related seminar sessions. The gallery is also used by both the Fine Art and Design student cohort at Liverpool Hope University as part of their Professional Practice Programme. My current research interests lay in the ontological nature of artistic practice with a focus on sites of performance and creativity. Recent studies have included a documentation of the now defunct 1970's music venue Eric's. The site of which has recently earned Blue Plaque status. The original club ran from 1976-1980. This study included a documentation in 2010 of the then derelict space, which has since 1980, become a sacred space of reverence with a vast and important cultural legacy. Further to this research, in 2017, I presented a paper entitled 'How are Verses Made' at the Sacred Places Conference, Liverpool Hope University. This also included the installation of a set of related paintings. I have exhibited and curated both nationally and internationally and recent exhibitions include 'Detail' which featured in Bangkok's H Gallery, London's Transition Gallery and The University of Lincoln's Usher Gallery. Other notable exhibitions of paintings include Testing 1-2 1-2 at Empson Gallery, London and a solo show at The University of Ouachita, USA 2017. I am also a musician and during a varied career, I have recorded in many major recording studios including BBC Maida Vale Studios, London for the late BBC presenter John Peel. My research interests are also reflected in the curating of The Cornerstone Gallery which whilst enhancing the pedagogy, curriculum and student experience within Fine and Applied Arts at Liverpool Hope, also seeks to engage in contemporary cultural discourse.